6 March 2013 A digital compact x-ray tube with carbon nanotube field emitters for advanced imaging systems
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Proceedings Volume 8668, Medical Imaging 2013: Physics of Medical Imaging; 866861 (2013) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2008084
Event: SPIE Medical Imaging, 2013, Lake Buena Vista (Orlando Area), Florida, United States
Abstract
We have successfully developed a fully vacuum-sealed CNT x-ray source in a very compact tube without any active vacuum pump. The brazing process was specially designed and adopted for the vacuum sealing of the x-ray tube at an elevated temperature. This method enables us to obtain and maintain a desired vacuum level for the reliable electron emission from the CNT emitters after the vacuum packaging. The CNT x-ray tube also had a novel focusing electrode to effectively focus electron beams from the CNT emitters on a small area of the anode target, giving a small focal spot of below 0.3 mm with a large tube current of above 50 mA. The active-current control modulated the CNT x-ray source digitally with a low voltage of below 5 V and enhanced its stability further. Also, the pull-up circuit positioned at the cathode node of the x-ray tube shortened the response time down to several micro second. The developed CNT x-ray tube can open up new applications in medical imaging like a stationary tomosynthesis or pulsed fluoroscopy over conventional hot-cathode x-ray sources.
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Jae-woo Kim, Jin-Woo Jeong, Jun-Tae Kang, Sungyoul Choi, Jeongyong Choi, Seungjoon Ahn, Yoon-ho Song, "A digital compact x-ray tube with carbon nanotube field emitters for advanced imaging systems", Proc. SPIE 8668, Medical Imaging 2013: Physics of Medical Imaging, 866861 (6 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2008084; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2008084
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